Merry, Rife Selected On Final Day Of MLB Draft

June 11, 2009

SEATTLE - Two former and one future Husky were selected on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft today. Senior Jorden Merry was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and senior Jake Rife was picked by the Angels, while incoming freshman recruit Jacob Lamb was chosen by the Pirates.

Merry, from Pasco, Wash., was taken by the Mariners in the 40th round (1,192nd overall). His likely first stop would be with the Everett Aquasox, just up Interstate-5 from Seattle. Merry was 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA in 10 outings in 2009. In 2008, he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection who was drafted by the White Sox, but turned down a pro contract to return to college.

Rife, an outfielder from Lakewood High in Arlington, Wash., was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels with the final pick of the 48th round (1,461st overall). Rife, who'd never been drafted previously, led the Huskies with a .328 average in 2009. He started 50 of the UW's 55 games this past season and his six triples were second most in UW single-season history.

Lamb, an infielder who just completed his prep career at Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High, was selected by Pittsburg in the 38th round (1,135th overall). If he doesn't opt to sign with the Pirates, he'll enroll this coming fall and be a freshman on the 2010 Husky team.

On the first day of the draft, three Huskies were selected: OF Kyle Conley (Cardinals, 7th round); RHP Brian Pearl (Reds, 9th round) and RHP Jason Erickson (Pirates, 24th round). Additionally, Jake Locker, quarterback of the UW football team, was selected by the Angels in the 10th round and incoming freshman Eric Peterson, from Liberty High, was chosen by the Royals in the 28th round.

So, in total, five members of the 2009 Husky team were drafted, along with Locker and two members of the 2010 recruiting class.

The draft, which lasted 50 rounds, concluded today.

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